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Old 11-18-17, 06:23 AM   #4191
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Re: The Official Soccer (Or Call It Football If You Really Have To) Thread

Massive news in the coaching front in MLS with some serious implications, but we will get to that in a minute.

First I would be remiss in not noting that the Azurri with be joining the Yanks and the Oranje in the spectators booth in Russia. Also, Ireland won't be participating but no surprise there. Much like the Galaxy, without Robbie Keane they are crap. So how did this come about, Italy and the Netherlands out, Iceland in? Take nothing away from the work the Icelanders have put in, but they were handed an easy road because UEFA messed up on the qualification pool draw. France, Sweden, and The Netherlands, three countries with serious history of playing in the Final Tournament (what they call "pedigree") were all drawn together guaranteeing one team would be automatically eliminated, The Netherlands as it turned out and one would have to face a two legged play-off with another group runner-up. Iceland was drawn in a group where the best team aside from themselves was Hrivatka, a nation which has only made one tournament appearance not counting being a part of the former Yugoslavia. And lastly, Spain and Italy in the same group. Serious pedigree there, not just World Cup winners but teams which consistently advance deep into the knock-out stages.

Now on the MLS coaching news. The Portland Timbers and Caleb Porter both announced this morning that Porter has stepped down as the team's head coach. The speculation as to why and where he is headed next, up to the vacant USMNT job, is rampant. His resume is impressive. He won NCAA titles as a player (at Indiana) and head coach (at Akron, where his recruits included Steve Zakuani, salvaged from the Arsenal youth program and looking to restart his career, and DeAndre Yedlin, now starting RB for Newcastle Utd with over 40 caps for the US) and in five seasons with Portland he won Supporter's Shield in his second, MLS cup in his third, and his final season the team finished the regular season atop the Western Conference in a tight race, the three Cascadia sides separated by a single point. His last action was to see his team lose to the Houston Dynamo in the Conference Semifinal.

So, where to next? Most people are calling the MNT job a "stretch". But if not there then I can't think of too many jobs open which would be better than the one he walked out of. Watch this space, sports fans. I'll let you know if I have anything.
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Old 11-22-17, 03:10 PM   #4192
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MLS is down to the Conference Finals, first legs were played last night after an extended break for the International games. Lower seeds host the first game in two-legged affairs so the Eastern Conference has top seeded Toronto against 5 seed Columbus. The Crew have already pulled above their weight this post season, knocking out 4th seeded new boys Atlanta United and the second seed NYCFC, even as their owner has announced plans to move the team to Austin. TFC played the first leg less DPs Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore due to cards issued in the second leg of the victory over 6 seed RBNY. The first leg finished a scoreless draw, the teams head to Toronto with it all to play for Next Wednesday.

In the Western Conference the 2 Seed Seattle has one foot in the final after defeating ten-man Houston 0-2. Sounders were already a goal up, a Gustav Svensson header from a corner in the 10th minute, when former Sounders D Jalil Anibaba pulled down Joevin Jones from behind in the box in the 28th. Referee Chris Penso awarded the PK immediately and after briefly consulting VAR Kevin Stott via the headset sent Anibaba to an early shower for denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Nicolas Lodeiro's spot kick was saved wonderfully by Joe Willis but Sounders got their second anyway three minutes before halftime. Loose possession in the attack by Dynamo turned into a Sounders break, a cross by Jones from just beyond the corner of the 18 found the head of Will Bruin, who scored 50 goals in six seasons in orange, in space just outside the six yard box with DaMarcus Beasley chasing his shadow. Zero mistakes made. he put his former side to the sword. Sounders comfortably saw out the result in the second half, though they did miss some chances to put in a third away goal which would have all but ended the series before the second leg is played. That will be Thursday, the 30th, and it will also mark a send off for Jones, who will be playing his last game in Seattle as a Sounder. At season's end he gains new employers, SV Darmstad, currently in the 2. Bundesliga.
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